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@evleaks: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will debut on October 5th with Snapdragon 836 in tow

We've been hearing about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for some time now, but there are two main things that we were unsure of: the processor(s) powering them and the release date. Thanks to a tweet from famed leaker Evan Blass, we now know that both Pixel 2 models will use the Snapdragon 836, and they'll be unveiled on October 5th.

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Sam's Club is offering $470 in free stuff with purchase of Note8 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular

After an incredible amount of leaking, Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is finally official. However, it's quite pricey at around $950 outright. Samsung realizes that their phones are on the expensive side, so it's offering two freebie options: a Gear 360 camera, or a 128GB microSD card and a Fast Wireless Charging Convertible pad. However, Sam's Club is taking this a step further and is offering up to $469.99's worth of extras in total.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Sony Xperia XZs for $546.50 from Amazon ($153.49 off)

In light of today's big phone announcement, you'd be forgiven for lamenting the fact that phones continue to get climb higher and higher in price. Speaking of over-priced devices, you can get yourself an unlocked Sony Xperia XZs with a U.S. warranty for $546.50, meaning that you'll save $153.49 off of the total MSRP.

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[Update: More models] Chromebooks from ASUS, Acer, EduGear, Lenovo, and Dell get the Play Store

It's taking a while, but Google is delivering on its promise to add the Play Store to all Chromebooks made in 2017 and beyond. Over a dozen models received Android app support this summer, but only in the Chrome OS Beta Channel. Three more models now have the Play Store in Chrome OS Stable, meaning owners don't have to switch to a less-stable version of Chrome OS to use Android apps.

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HTC promises Android 8.0 updates for the U11, U Ultra, and HTC 10

Google has made Android 8.0 Oreo official, and some Pixel and Nexus phones have already gotten the OTA. So, the time has come for OEMs to make vague promises about updating their existing hardware to Android 8.0. First up is HTC, which has said on Twitter the Android 8.0 update is coming to the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10.

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Take an exploratory journey through the heavens with Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars

X.D. Network is quickly becoming a publisher to notice. Not only did they bring To The Moon to the Play Store, but they also recently released BeatEVO YG, a popular K-pop themed rhythm game. Today we can add Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars to this list of great titles. While it's self-described as an "interactive poem," that apt description hardly does this beautiful game the justice it deserves.

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Emojipedia now lists all the new and changed emoji in Android 8.0 Oreo

Contrary to all logic and reason, emoji are a big deal on smartphones and people care what they look like. For example, I and many others loved the Google blob emoji, but Android 8.0 killed the blobs. The scale of this unspeakable crime is laid bare by Emojipedia in its comprehensive Oreo changelog.

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Here are 40 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps, plus the first App of the Week

Welcome to the first app sales post of the week. Of course, today is not Monday, so I can understand your confusion. My classes started this week, so I got busy sorting everything out, but at least I'm back now. So here you are, a fresh list of apps.

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The Task Master watch face puts your calendar front and center

It's getting harder to do something new with Android Wear watch faces, but that doesn't mean you can't improve on what's already been done. Case in point: the new Task Master watch face shows calendar appointments on your wearable, but it does so better than other watch faces. It's even usable if you've got a lot of calendar appointments to track.

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Opinion: The Galaxy Note8 is the beginning of the end of the Note - at least as we knew it

The Galaxy Note8 is, by all accounts, a perfectly competent high-end smartphone from a trusted smartphone brand. Samsung will sell millions of Note8s to Note fans the world over, which will amass Samsung a not-inconsequential pile of money, having made the whole enterprise ostensibly worthwhile. But behind a muted-to-mildly-positive critical reception and a sound business case lies a pretty inescapable truth: the Galaxy Note just doesn't make very much sense anymore.

Product overlap plus

The Galaxy S8+, released alongside the S8 earlier this year, offers a screen that is just a tenth of an inch smaller than the Note8's, a battery with 200mAh more capacity, and a basically comparable software experience.

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